The Nigerian Content Development and Management Board (NCDMB) has assured those undergoing Artisan training programme at Federal University Otuoke of its readiness to create opportunities for them on some of its projects where they can demonstrate their skills after completing their training.
The assurance was given at the opening ceremony of NCDMB 2014 Artisan Training Programme in collaboration with the Federal University Otuoke on Tuesday 16th December, 2014 at the Reference Library of the University.
Declaring the training programme open, the Vice Chancellor FUO, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko who was represented at the occasion by Dean Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Steve Nwabuzor advised the trainees to distinguish themselves in their chosen fields.
He however, wished them well in their training but advised them to take all necessary safety measures during their practical training.
Congratulating the organizers for putting up the training exercise, the Registrar, Mr. David Suowari noted that the initiative is timely for the Nation needs it to fill in the gap which according to him will reduce capital flight.
In his address, the General Manager, capacity building NCDMB, Engr. I. O. Oviasu said the training became expedient to address the problem in decrease in technical apprenticeships and artisan services in Nigeria.
According to him, skilled artisans are ageing and younger people are not taking their places, this situation suggests that if there is no timely intervention, skilled artisans might disappear almost completely from the development landscape of Nigeria.
“Artisan Training is one of NCDMB’s Human Capacity Development Initiatives aimed at building in – country capacity and capabilities in eight skills sets namely Masonry, Carpentry, Scaffolding, Electrical Works, Welding, Tiling Works, Plumbing and Printing” he said.
The Head, Entrepreneurial and Skill Development Unit, FUO, Dr. Samuel Ebie said, the training when completed will bring about capacity revolution taking advantage of the opportunity.
Dr. Ebie who is also the coordinator of the programme at FUO advised the trainees to overlook current teething problems they may be facing during the course of the training, expressing optimism that there will be light at the end of the tunnel.